Canadian composer Gilles Tremblay, one of Quebec’s formost contemporary music composers and pianists, passed away Thursday evening at the age of 85, according to a press release issued on Saturday.

Born in Saguenay, Tremblay studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec à Montréal as well as at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris from 1954 to 1958, where he worked with composers Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis and Pierre Schaeffer.

When he came back to Quebec in 1961, he began teaching at the Centre d’art Orford, followed by the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Quebec City. He then transferred to the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Montreal in 1962, where he was responsible for musical analysis and composition. He retired from teaching in 1997.

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